Youth Leaders Address the Issues of Poverty, Hunger and Food Insecurity

4-H Food and Fitness members gathered from 9 school districts around NE Iowa for the Regional Youth Leadership Team winter gathering on the Luther College campus this month. These youth and adults from area schools meet quarterly to learn about wellness issues in their communities, identify projects to help their school or community, and network by sharing experiences of their club projects and build ideas for future ones. Continue reading

Summer in Winter

The school garden beds in Oelwein are blanketed in snow and ice, and the sub-zero temperatures today seem so distant from the heat and humidity of the Northeast Iowa summer.  I have been filling up on roots: turnips, carrots, and potatoes.  Storage crops grown by local farmers this past season are keeping me nourished and warm during this season of sleep.  I am so lucky to have access to healthy, local food.  I am so privileged to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Continue reading

Go the Distance May

With school winding down and the weather getting nice, Turkey Valley CSD has been itching to be up and out of their desks. The Wellness Team planned a Go the Distance May event through Live Healthy Iowa to promote physical activity along with school pride and mentorship. The intent was to have the whole school walk around the track, but rainy weather required us to walk the hallways and gyms instead. Continue reading

A Day in the Life…

Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Ames, IA to Iowa State University with Ashley Christenson. The purpose of our trip was to talk to a group of junior and senior students about careers in the area of Public Health, especially with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and potentially spark an interest for one or a few of them to apply to be a Resource Contact. I had a chance to briefly speak about the work I do and give the students a look into a “Day in the Life of an Resource Contact.” My talk went a little something like this:
6:45 A.M. – Up and ready for the day, I start my drive to New Hampton for a Walking School Bus to get kids to school on time. Continue reading